August 23 2012


August 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Looking for childcare in our Rockford home 3 mornings a week for our 2-year-old. No holidays or weekends. If interested please call (616) 866-7707.       p34 ______________________ RN, part-time for NE Plainfield Allergy clinic. We offer work-life balance in a positive team setting with respect for the individual. Fax resume to (616) 988-8512. ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617.      f28 ______________________ NOTICES Allegan Antique Market—Sunday, August 26. 400 exhibitors. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at the Fairgrounds right in Allegan, Michigan. $4 admission, no pets.        p34 ______________________ FOR SALE Two trombones used for middle school and high school band. $75 each. Call (616) 696-3997.       p34 ______________________ Bed—new queen pillowtop mattress and box spring set. Still in plastic with warranty. Must sell! $150. (616) 805-9282.       p34 ______________________ Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with central boiler outdoor wood furnace. Summer sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669.       b35 ______________________ PRODUCE—Come visit us at Mr. Greengene’s Farm. Lots of produce. Located on 13 Mile Rd., 1/4 mile west of Northland Drive. Look forward to seeing you.       p35 ______________________ WANTED TO BUY Buying Cars!—Bel Air Auto Service is looking to buy running or non-running vehicles for repairable projects or parts. Please call us for a chance to buy your unwanted cars and trucks, (616) 647-8699.       p46 ______________________   GARAGE SALES Multi-family sale. Lots of great items priced low. Thursday & Friday, August 23 & 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7660 Hessler NE, Rockford, Meyers Lake area.       p34 ______________________ Rockford—Silver Lake, 7158 Weller Ct., Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quality children’s, men’s and women’s clothing, car and booster seats, white crib and mattress, toys, good children’s books and DVDs, Baby Einstein, luggage, bedding, fishing and golf things, collectibles, pictures, kitchenware, canning jars, teacher classroom, jewelry, misc.       p34 ______________________ LOST AND FOUND FOUND—child’s bike at Ric’s Food Center. Please call (616) 874-3488.       f34 ______________________ LOST—8 iron golf club during the Rockford football golf outing at Boulder Creek Golf […]


August 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

by STEVE GRIMM Cannon Township Supervisor On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the voters in Michigan participated in a primary election. Though it was only a primary, in our area the result meant that the victors would prevail in the general election this November, because for most races, there is no competition in the general election. It is always interesting to dissect the numbers in any election, but particularly in a primary. For example, in some townships, voter turnout averaged at or below 20 percent of all registered voters. In Cannon, which had the highest turnout in the area, those voting in the six precincts averaged just under 26 percent of eligible voters. No precinct was below 22 percent. The highest voter turnout was in precinct three, which encompasses the west side of Lake Bella Vista, where voter turnout was 32 percent. These numbers contrast with precincts in some neighboring townships, where voter turnout in contested races was as low as 15 percent in some precincts. Why Cannon’s turnout is so much higher than surrounding areas is not completely clear. As an incumbent, I like to think it is because voters want to express their satisfaction with the way things are going. This view, at least in part, is supported by the numbers. In some townships in our area, well publicized issues regarding negative opinions of township management, real or imagined, permeated the news. In those townships, voter turnout was lowest. Cannon is a very well run township. We listen to the residents both at board meetings and by including them in committees. We have taken a conservative approach to spending, which has added over 500,000 dollars to our general fund balance. We aggressively tackle issues before they become problems, and we have required that our employees and elected officials who receive health benefits pay 20 percent of the costs associated with that coverage, even though we are not mandated to do so by the state. Given the results of the last election, it appears that that success is not lost on the voters. So, to those who did vote, thank you, and we will continue to listen.

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